The momentum for global action on climate change refused to be overshadowed by the election of a climate denier to the US Presidency, according to Friends of the Earth International, as the international climate conference in Marrakech came concluded today.
Guest blog from Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway
Norway, the first country to have a minister of environment, whose former prime minister coined the term 'sustainable development', is seemingly on a mission to trash its green image. Shooting its few remaining wolves, pumping oil in the Arctic, and dumping toxic waste in its pristine fjords – how did it come to this?
As we go into the second week of COP22, Friends of the Earth International asserts that Marrakech must deliver concrete actions for the sake of people and the planet.
Yesterday, Friends of the Earth International marched on the streets of Marrakech, with people from Morocco and all over the world. We stand in solidarity with impacted peoples, from the communities of Imider and Safi facing pollution and repression here in Morocco, to those in the Niger Delta and indigenous water defenders at Standing Rock.
A wave of civil disobedience by activists across Europe shed light on the European Commission, corporate lobbyists and governments for their role in pushing free trade deals such as CETA (EU-Canada) and TTIP (EU-US).
The actions took place in response to a call to participate in Round 2 of TTIP Game Over, a civil disobedient action platform calling for an end to all free trade deals. The call is supported by trade unions, farmers groups and NGOs from across Europe.
The world is still on a collision course with climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, despite the international climate agreement forged in Paris last year entering into force ahead of schedule today.
The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million "energy citizens" could generate 45% of the European Union's electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system.
As the EU-27 gather in Bratislava today, leading environmental organisations call for genuinely transformational change in the wake of the UK referendum.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today reaffirmed his commitment to CETA – the EU-Canada trade deal – calling it as "the best and most progressive agreement that we have ever entered into."
The last of the drilling machinery rolled out of Woodburn Forest in Northern Ireland today, bringing an end to attempts to drill for oil and gas in the region a huge milestone for the Stop the Drill campaign and the local residents behind it.
Efforts to tackle climate change across the European Union fall far short of commitments made in Paris, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The European Commission announced today its plan to distribute the goal of cutting emissions 40% by 2030 among the 28 member states.